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Malamaal Weekly (2006)

Lilaram sells lottery tickets and one customer has hit the jackpot but dies of shock upon finding out that he has won. Now, Lilaram wants all the money, and so does everyone around him.

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Priyadarshan

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Manisha Korde (dialogue), Priyadarshan (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Paresh Rawal ... Lilaram 'Lila'
Om Puri ... Balwant 'Balu'
Riteish Deshmukh ... Kanhaiya - Chokhey's son (as Ritesh Deshmukh)
Reema Sen ... Sukhmani 'Sukhi'
Rajpal Yadav ... Baj 'Bajey' Bahadur
Asrani ... Chokhey
Shakti Kapoor ... Joseph
Arbaaz Khan ... Jayesh Agarwal
Innocent Vareed Thekkethala ... Anthony Joseph Fernandes (as Innocent)
Sudha Chandran ... Thakurain
Rasika Joshi ... Mary
Priyanshi Priyanshi
Sona Nair
Bineesh Kodiyeri
Ravindranath Ravindranath
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Laholi is a small village in India whose inhabitants are poor, simple-minded, and are used to their lives being controlled by the dictatorial Landlord, Thakurain, and her brother, Baj Bahadur. Although Lilaram is the one with the highest educational qualifications, he is unable to secure any job. He decides to make a living selling lottery tickets, especially the Delhi-based Malamaal Weekly, but is barely able to make ends meet. Then one day he finds out that one of his lottery tickets is a winner. He concocts a scheme with his wife, which involves pawning her pet goat with the Thakurain, getting people together for a feast, so that he can get their tickets back - all in vain. Then he finds out that the only one who was absent was the town drunk, Anthony Fernandes. When he goes to Anthony's house he finds him dead, happily clutching his winning lottery ticket. When Lilaram tries to take the ticket from Anthony's hand, another villager, Balwant, happens to come by, both of them ... Written by rAjOo (gunwanti@hotmail.com)

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

India

Language:

Hindi

Release Date:

10 March 2006 (India) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Hauptgewinn See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$57,415, 17 March 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$204,612, 26 March 2006
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Several reviewers consider this film to be very similar to Waking Ned Devine (1998). Both films are set in a small remote village, involve a man winning the lottery and dying of shock with the winning ticket clutched in his hand, two people conspire to take the winnings, the conspiracy expands to involve the whole village, and a single villager attempts to reveal the conspiracy but dies in a car accident. However director Priyadarshan claims it is "totally and absolutely original". See more »

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Remake of Waking Ned Devine (1998) See more »

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Hansani O Meri Hansani
Written by Nitin Raikwar
Composed by Uttank Vora
Performed by Shreya Ghoshal and Javed Ali
Courtesy of Universal Music India
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If a dead man wins a lotto ticket, who will the money go to?
12 March 2006 | by BbobahtramSee all my reviews

This movie is worth watching- that is if you want the time to pass and if you're bored out of you're mind. It was quite humorous, but not very memorable. I think this movie would have been excellent if only it was cut about an hour or so, because it really did drag on.

The characters were brilliantly casted, and the acting was very well rehearsed. But honestly, this movie isn't worth three hours of you're time. It's unique, because the whole plot isn't some sappy love story, but the again it really does DRAG ON.

I'll say that one more time to make myself clear. This movie really does DRAG ON.

Watch this if you're bored out of you're mind, and want to see something humorous, but not "memorable humorous." I mean, after the movie ends, you won't be like "Oh, ha-ha! I remember when so-and-so did that- classic!" You're reaction will more be like "huh. That was not too bad. What's for dinner?"


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